Windsor Belle

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Windsor Belle

Refitted by Southampton Yacht Services Ltd in 2011

Length at waterline 59.7ft (18.2m) 
Length overall 70.2ft (21.4m)
Beam 11.8ft (3.6m)
Draft 3.9ft (1.2m)
Displacement 22.2 tonnes

Windsor Belle is a classic steam driven Thames river launch built in 1901. She was brought to SYS in Spring 2011 in need of significant structural repairs prior to installation of a reconditioned triple expansion steam engine and boiler.

Extensive work was carried out to the boiler, engine and bunker bearers. Large sections of the beam shelves, gunwhales and teak covering boards were renewed. Several new long teak planks were fitted to the port side in way of previous repairs after damage in the storms of 1987. The topsides were stripped, splined and revarnished, the bottom sanded and recaulked with oakum. The deck seams were all raked and re-caulked.

The plumbing and electrical systems were almost completely renewed and the engineroom, in cooperation with an independant steam engineer was rebuilt. This involved new coal bunkers, seatings for engine, pumps, valves, ancilliary equipment and shafting. The controls were rebuilt in a classic style so that the whole installation not only functions beautifully but is very pleasing to the eye.

The vessel was returned to the Thames where she completed her trials and passenger certification in time for her first corporate entertainment cruise.

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